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In 2013 the world was riveted by the impact of an asteroid near the Russian town of Chelyabinsk, where over 1,000 people were injured. It was an eerie reminder of another, bigger, impact event that flattened a forest near the Tunguska River in Siberia on June 30, 1908-and a modern-day example of the immense dinosaur-killing Chicxulub impact event in the Yucatán. As an update to his 2015 Asteroid Day presentation, Dr. David Kring will describe the magnitude of their persisting threat today, and the steps we might take to mitigate these types of calamitous events in the future.
This event is sponsored by The Lunar Planetary Institute.
Members: $12. Adult Tickets: $18.
More than doubling in size since the 2013 Houston Fabergé Symposium, the McFerrin Collection now totals nearly 600 objects and will be displayed in its entirety for a limited time. Recent acquisitions focus on rare Imperial pieces with fascinating stories. Join us at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as renowned Fabergé researchers discuss the genius of Fabergé and his place in history as related to the royalties of Europe.
The Fabergé symposium "The Wonder of Fabergé, A Study of the McFerrin Collection" hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science features sessions presented by world-renown Fabergé experts with space allotted for Q&A. The confirmed speakers include Tim Adams of San Diego, Dr. Galina Korneva of Russia, Christel McCanless of Alabama, Mark Moehrke of New York, Mikhail Ovchinnikov of Russia, and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler of Washington DC.
Lunch will feature an informal discussion with collectors Artie and Dorothy McFerrin who will tell entertaining stories behind the building of their collection and also entertain questions from symposium participants.
The afternoon includes a viewing of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, the Museum's world-renown Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and Smith Gem Vault which features several Fabergé pieces from a private Houston collector. A selection of Fabergé books will be available for signing with Dorothy McFerrin and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler.
Unique to Houston, the Energy Capital of the World, is the high concentration of geologists. To utilize the specialized talent of HMNS staff and docents who have a unique knowledge in geology, mineralogy, gemology and Fabergé, you will be able to bring your Fabergé pieces for these experts to identify the unprecedented variety of materials-from precious gems to ordinary stone-that Fabergé craftsmen used in their objects works. You will be amazed at what you will find out about your piece. Not only what the material is, but where it came from.
A demonstration of gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques used by Fabergé craftsmen-cabochon and stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé-will be presented by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild.
Early-bird registration by June 30: Tickets $80
Regular price starting July 1: Tickets $100
Symposium tickets include breakfast and lunch. Tickets must be purchased by October 20 and are based on availability. Tickets are not refundable after October 20.
The Welcome Dinner with presentation by Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm of Finland requires a separate ticket purchase.
Museum Admission Discount: Symposium attendees will receive a discounted rate for all Houston Museum of Natural Science attractions and exhibition halls-including the McFerrin Faberge Collection-on November 3 and 5.
Hotels: Conference hotel information is available at www.hmns.org/fabergesymposium
Massive die-offs are occurring on reefs around the world due to the ongoing global coral bleaching event. Join marine biologist Dr. Adrienne Correa to learn the science behind bleaching, how scientists are tracking and studying the event, and the role you can play in the future of coral reefs.
As a coral reef ecologist Adrienne Correa, Ph.D. works at scales that range from individual microbial strains and meta-organisms to entire ecosystems researching the diversity, stability and function of symbioses. Correa's recent research targets novel viruses associated with stressed corals-and has documented viral outbreaks in conjunction with bleaching. She is a faculty member in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program of BioSciences at Rice University.
This lecture is in conjunction with World Oceans Day, celebrated at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with Rice University and several marine ecology research organizations on Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In honor of the 2016 centennial celebration of America's national parks, American photographer Mark Burns' set out on The National Parks Photography Project. In this special evening with the photographer Burns will chronicle the project that took him to each of America's 59 national parks. Following the presentation, the audience will be invited into the exhibition to see the collection of iconic black and white photographs with the photographer.
This evening kicks off the second Fabergé symposium "The Wonder of Fabergé, A Study of the McFerrin Collection" hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This evening you will enjoy a seated dinner and presentation by Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm of Finland entitled "Fabergé in the Light of 20th Century European Jewelry." As a historical phenomenon Carl Fabergé has had a unique impact-through him and his work the world has learned about the fin du siècle in Russian history. Objects chosen from the McFerrin Collection will be used as illustrations for this study.
This event will be held at Hotel ZaZa's Art Gallery, located on the block in between the Museum and the hotel.
Early-bird registration by June 30: Tickets $65
Regular price starting July 1: Tickets $80
Tickets must be purchased by October 20 and are based on availability. Tickets are not refundable after October 20. Space is limited. Please make your reservations early to ensure your spot.
The symposium on November 4 requires a separate ticket purchase.
The curious tale of America's first museum combines mystery, pride, science and history in one package. Join Nicole Temple, Vice President of Youth Education at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and discover how the son of a convict became a revolutionary war hero, a renowned artist and an innovator of natural history. The lecture concludes in the Museum's new Cabinet of Curiosities.